The end of the year and a long weekend are here! From ice skating to light displays, holiday pop-up bars, and concerts, the city has a little bit of everything for you. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Seattle this weekend.


Seattle Center will transform to a place for you to connect to a world of sparkling lights, amusements, and holiday entertainment. You’ll also be able to check out the Winter Train which has been on display annually for 40 years. The 19th-century model train and village display will be installed inside the Armory Food & Event Hall as always.

When: Friday, November 24th-Sunday, December 31st
Where: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St
Cost: Free/Varies

Go ice skating

There are several places to go ice skating in and around Seattle this weekend. Prices vary by rink and skate time. You can also choose between renting skates or bringing your own. Of course, we’ve created a list of some of the best spots to check out.

Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park

“Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park is the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest,” according to Pierce County. The experience features “nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights” on a two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake.

When: November 24th-Monday, January 1st 2024
Where: 14905 Bresemann Boulevard South, Spanaway, WA
Cost: $15+

Christmas Dive Bar

Christmas Dive Bar is the newest holiday pop up on the scene. It’s a world where thousands of bows create the perfect backdrop for photos, twinkly lights illuminate the space, and holiday decor abounds. The bar is adorned with jingle bells, classic blow molds, and vintage decor, creating the perfect holiday vibe.

Where: 1512 11th Ave
When: Thursday, November 16th through the New Year

Check out a Sno Park

If you’re looking to end the year with some outdoor time why not check out one of Washington’s Sno Parks? They’re dedicated to providing space for both motorized and non motorized snow sports and there are tons of them across the state.

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New Year’s Eve Party Cruise

What’s a more PNW way to ring in the New Year than by partying on a boat? Waterways Cruises is having a celebration that takes you on Lake Union and Lake Washington. There will be specialty appetizers & desserts, a live DJ & dancing, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

When: December 31st
Where: 901 Fairview Avenue North
Cost: $180


True rock icons Heart are performing here in their hometown of Seattle. Enjoy the rare opportunity to hear hits like “Barracuda” and “Alone” live from the Wilson sisters.

When: Sunday, December 31st
Where: 334 1st Ave N
Cost: $79.50

Fremont Sunday Market

The Fremont Market is truly a classic Seattle shopping experience and it happens year-round, rain or shine. It’s a great place to find antiques, vintage clothing, and much more.

When: Every Sunday
Where: Evanston Ave N & 34th St

Lights of Christmas

The Lights of Christmas is a dazzling holiday world that you are invited to enjoy both from your car and on the ground. Your journey can take about 30 minutes up to 1-1.5 hours, depending on if you choose to visit any of the activity stops.

When: December 7th-10th, 14th-17th, 20th-23rd, 26th-30th, 2023
Where: 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA
Cost: $32-$60

New Year’s Eve Concert, Countdown & Party

If partying isn’t really your thing, why not send in the new year with beautiful, live music performed by the Seattle Symphony? Listen to the beauty and drama of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony and enjoy dancing and champagne.

When: December 31st
Where: 200 University Street
Cost: $58+

Enjoy all of the things to do in Seattle!